Friday, September 4, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
I keep thinking about this so I have to write about it.
So at church every Sunday we usually have one youth speaker (age
12-18), followed by some adult speakers. So yesterday our 12 year
old speaker talked about love at home.
Fast forward to an hour or so later, I was in the big Primary room
with the 8-11 year olds. The Primary President asked the kids if any
of them listened to the youth speaker earlier while we were in the
chapel. Hands shot up all over the room.
Then she asked, "Do any of you remember what he spoke
about?" The room got quiet and I could feel the thinking going on
Soon a 10 year old boy behind me slowly raised his hand and then
quietly said, "Um, I took notes," as he proceeded to take out a
little crumpled up piece of paper from his pocket. I turned around
and watched as this boy unraveled this sheet of paper about 5 or 6
Finally he got it flat enough to read. He looked it over and
then said so quietly that I'm not sure everyone heard, but he said
something like this, "Sometimes I'm not as kind as I should be to
my brothers and sister. I need to work at being more loving."
While I'm thinking....really? A 10 year old took notes at church?
As I was trying to absorb this another 10 year old boy sitting about
4 chairs away from the first boy, also took out a wadded up little
sheet of paper from his pocket. His looked more like an index card.
This second boy gently said, "I have my notes." Like it was no big
deal. He went on to share a few points of that talk also, but I
couldn't even tell you what he said. I just was so mesmerized by his
gentle soul. After he was finished talking about how he also wanted
to be more loving at home, I couldn't help but reach my arm over to
him and pat his back.
There may be lots of bad things happening in this world, but there
are also children who want to be more loving....who even take
notes in church so they won't miss anything.
Monday, August 24, 2015
shower. So I took something to keep the pain down so I could go....and Dennis drove us there.
(Our granddaughter Laurynn was staying with us last weekend so I got to have her with me.)
daughter) while she was still pregnant. (she lives in Utah with her husband Nate).
There's Nicole years ago in the black check....
along with her brother Taylor, and cousins Colt and Lauren.
but we were there long enough for Laurynn to win the game!
I did snap a few pictures before leaving.
families you know. Then as you go down the list think of their first born child and who he or she
looks most like? I've done this in my head and it's about 80-90% accurate….that the first born looks
most like it's opposite sex parent.
Would anyone be willing to try it and let me know if you see a pattern?
Friday, August 21, 2015
book, "300 Questions LDS couples should ask before marriage."
she said thank you, and put it right into her purse!
because I've heard she is quite accomplished.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The title above was the actual name of the family history conference that was held at BYU last
month. I didn't attend, but I read about it and I can't stop thinking of these quotes by the speaker,
than it is possible for us to see to them from our sphere of action....We are not separated from
them...Isn't that a wonderful concept of service? They are watching over us, seeing what we are
doing right and see what we are doing wrong. And trying to care for us and influence us."
I've felt quite certain those who passed on before us, are very aware of us.
Families are more powerful than the separation of death.
learned on Facebook. I do have a few beautiful letters she wrote about our family history.
and it really was called Rozier Avenue.
Grandma Honey by her grandchildren. Don't know how that came about for her, but it makes me
happy to know there is a Grandma Honey in heaven now who I am related to.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
May not seem like a big deal to you....
especially if you live outside California.
ANXIOUS and cautiously EXCITED to get our water bill.
And it came today!
(along with Bill's high school reunion invite, I might add)
I didn't think we had suffered enough for that.
The city compares it to June and July of 2013.
back more water than you thought! That's okay, we forgive you. We know you were just looking after
mankind in California. Besides, it's dead now.)
We are celebrating tonight by watering our lemon tree.
It's not looking very good.
So we won! That's what it feels like anyway.
Our lawn is dead, and some of our trees
are barely hanging on (oops).
Sorry to brag.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Before I get to that, I need to tell you who it is about.
See these beautiful girls....
I taught these very special girls years ago at church when they were 16-17 years old.
They are now living in Portland, about 30 minutes from the McKs, and Tyler and Karen.
Natalie was the one who came over to our house one afternoon in 1996 after my first husband died,
armed with art supplies. She helped Tyler make a memory box for some of his Dad's things. It was
one of the most thoughtful things she could have done for him.
I look at the family picture above
and I'm filled with happiness for all of them.
Monday, August 10, 2015
(Coincidentally, today would have been her 90th birthday)
Especially when he was sleeping. Mothering was the best fun I ever had.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
just regular top loading ones,
and we were trying to figure them out.
They use less water, they lock shut after the cycles begin...
was in the middle of a cycle, and locked. I had never unlocked and
interrupted a cycle before...and nearly gasped at just how low the
level of water was. Really, that little bit of water? Maybe this is
why our clothes don't feel as clean lately.
should start putting less soap in. No where on the instructions does
it say this but wouldn't that make sense to you? So now I use just a
little over 1/2 the amount of detergent called for and guess what?
Our clothes feel cleaner, and definitely softer.
hook when I shut the door, ALL of the clothes follow along.
Or something like that.
PS This is the first matching set of washer and dryer I've ever had in my life.
And I just now noticed that fact. Obviously it never mattered to me.
I only notice when they quit working.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
(I know McKay looks very stressed here at 3 weeks old….but this taken in 1984, about 30 minutes
before I learned at a routine dr visit, that his heart was racing near 350 beats per minute….)
However, today I'm focusing on the sweater he was wearing...
with twins at the same time I was expecting McKay.
of her twin boys died. She was in the hospital trying to save the
remainder twin, but he was born too early,
sweater to me from southern California. I remember looking at her
gift in awe….that she could be happy for me, when she had just
lost the joy I was now experiencing.
years. Her story has become a part of how I want my brain to think.
It's helped to shape my life and who I strive to be.
that her sons were happy for a friend
who got an award they wanted, but didn't get....
My favorite line from her post is this:
"If you are happy for other people,
you simply get to be happy more often."